October 22nd 1921 – The great poet Georges Brassens’ birthday – Petition to be buried on the beach at Sète, scroll down for the English version.
La carogna, che non mi ha mai perdonato
di aver seminato fiori nei buchi del suo naso,
mi perseguita con l’insistenza di un idiota.
Per questo, ossessionato dalle sepolture
ho pensato di aggiornare il mio testamento,
di pagare il prezzo di un’aggiunta.
“When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams — this may be madness. Too much sanity may be madness — and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!”
― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote
Hypnerotomachia Poliphili is the most enigmatic text of the Renaissance and one of this period’s typographical masterpieces. Published in Venice by Aldo Manuzio in 1499, the title means: Poliphilo’s Strife of Love in a Dream. Poliphilo tells the adventures he experienced during his dream. Poliphilo and Polia visited the cemetery of unfortunate lovers, and then they crossed the sea with a vessel operated by Cupid to reach the island of Kythera, Venus‘ homeland, embellished with a wonderful garden. The 19 photos as illustration here are my own choice. Continue reading